Research (6)

The Problem with Ineffability

Western University of Ontario, Annual Graduate Symposium, 17 August 2019Lately, the notion of ineffability has enjoyed renewed attention in the musical studies community, thanks in part to Carolyn Abbate’s 2018 SMT keynote address. In a famous 2004 article, Abbate opposed ineffability to the practice of…

Grisey’s Time and its Conceptual Implications

Spectralisms, IRCAM, 13 June 2019This paper illustrates how three of Gérard Grisey’s essays—“Réflexions sur le temps,” “La Musique: le devenir des sons,” and “Tempus ex machina”—accord with Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-Jacques Nattiez on the structure of perception. Instead of purporting to prove direct…

A Hermeneutics of Recovery: Recovering Hermeneutics

Society for Music Theory, 10 November 2017This paper offers a narrative account of Darius Milhaud’s cantata Le Château du feu and draws from the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gilles Deleuze, and Lawrence Kramer in order to critique the epistemological relation of description to music’s ontologies. The…

Music in Hegel’s Aesthetics: Toward a Phenomenology of the Subject

Boyer College Graduand Student Forum, 24 April 2016This paper investigates the phenomenological model of subjectivity that undergirds the theoretical descriptions of melody, harmony, and form in G. W. F. Hegel’s Aesthetics. While scholars such as Philip Alperson and Martin Donougho have denounced the Aesthetics for…